Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, occurs when your immune system overreacts to normally harmless airborne particles, causing symptoms such as a runny nose, itching of your nose, and sneezing.
Hay fever is seasonal; however it can last throughout the year if the allergens are present in the air throughout the year.
Spring and fall are the two main seasons for hay fever. It is unpleasant condition for everyone but for a small kids hay fever could be very distressing.
Watch out for these Hay Fever symptoms: runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy, watery eyes, nose or throat, coughing, postnasal drip.
What you could do to relief the symptoms? – Here is our natural remedies guide!
Try to avoid the pollen; the worst times are in the morning and evening when the most pollen is released. Try not to take your kid into high pollen areas at these times. Splashing his face with cold water and bathing his eyes will help to wash away the irritants. Applying a barrier ointment such as BalmBalm or hand-made salve into the base of the kid’s nostrils helps to trap the pollen and prevents it from irritating the lining of the nose.
Diet and Nutrition
Many symptoms may be brought under control through dietary change and/or nutritional support. It is advisable to have a food sensitivity test or Auyrveda test to see if anything in your kid’s diet is aggravating the symptoms.
Beta carotene rich foods, such as the red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, are also rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Hayfever sufferers require greater amounts of these nutrients. Try to find good quality food, organic if possible – the vitamin levels will be higher and it will be free of synthetic pesticide residues.
Dark green foods are also beneficial as they help to cleanse the bowel. They also contain large amounts of beta carotene. Choose dark green leafy salads like watercress or rocket, vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, freshly picked nettles, green beans and kale.
Sprouted seeds and bean sprouts are also very helpful.
Garlic helps to reduce excess catarrh, eat two raw cloves a day (have on toast or stir into food at the end of cooking) or take a garlic supplement. If child is too young to tolerate it fresh, try to cook it in a meal – it will still help.
Yoghurt is cooling and has a mild anti-histamine effect, eat plain unflavoured, organic acidophilus yoghurt in moderate amounts. If your child suffers from an excess of catarrh or have an intolerance to dairy, this may not be a suitable option.
Pollen (half a teaspoon a day) is said to help the condition – use for kids over 2 years old. Check for an allergic reaction to pollen in this form by taking one pellet before you try a larger dose. In the unlikely event that you feel any itching or tingling in the mouth, do not use.
Aloe Vera has mild anti-histamine properties. Give it to your child as a juice internally diluted in water. It is also good for the digestion and skin problems. Used externally (as a gel) it cools and soothes allergic rashes.
Oats feed and nourish the nervous system and contain significant quantities of B vitamins and minerals.
Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as Fish oil supplements (syrups are available for kids), flaxseed oil and walnuts.
Identifying Food Sensitivities
Children with lactose intolerance may notice that they feel more congested after consuming dairy products. Recent studies suggest that if children with allergies react to grass pollens, they may also react to tomatoes, peanuts, wheat, apple, carrot, celery, peach, melon, eggs and pork.
Chamomile Tea is used to reduce duration of hay fever attacks
Eucalyptus: Used in steam inhalation to ease congestion
Ginger Reduces inflammation, antimicrobial
Liquorice Root Reduces inflammation, antiviral, antibacterial
Nettle Extract acts as an expectorant, reduces sinus inflammation
Essential oils that are suitable for Hay fever sufferers include: Lavender, Chamomile Roman or German (all calming and anti-inflammatory); Pine (strengthening and clearing); Cedarwood (good for chesty conditions); Rosemary (uplifting and clearing).
Be very careful when using aromatherapy in small kids and babies, always follow the guidelines.
Allium Cepa: Where the nose and eyes stream, and sneezing is severe and frequent. For the person whose symptoms are worse in the morning, when indoors, when in contact with flowers.
Arsen Alb: Where the nose tickles violently and sneezing is also violent and painful with a watery, “burning” discharge causing sore lips and nose. The person may feel chilly and restless. May be pale, angry, anxious, depressed and irritable.
Euphrasia: Particularly where the eyes burn, itch and water Often with heavy sneezing, sore throat and a hard and dry cough. Nasal symptoms may be worse at night.
Gelsemium: Where there is violent sneezing and the nose tingles and streams, particularly in the morning. Face feels hot, eyes heavy, throat burns and swallowing causes pain in the ears. The body aches and limbs feel heavy. Fearful, sluggish, depressed but cannot cry.
Nat Mur: Where there is copious catarrh and sneezing, accompanied by cold sores or mouth ulcers. For the person whose symptoms are worse in the open air. Absent minded, angry, confused, depressed, introverted, irritable, sensitive. Tendency to repress emotions.
Nux Vom: Excessive irritation of the nose, eyes, face and throat with prolonged and distressing bouts of sneezing. The nose may feel stuffed up at night, and the person feels chilly and irritable. May be angry, stubborn and impatient.
Pulsatilla: Particularly where there is copious thick catarrh and sneezing. For the person whose symptoms are relieved in the open air. Changeable moods, clingy, depressed, irritable, shy, gentle, tearful and whiny.
Silica: Sinusitis with blocked stuffy nose. Symptoms often worse on waking. Restless, irritable, jumpy, sluggish, sensitive to noise and pain.
It’s advisable to consider a visit to a professional homeopath as homeopathic remedies treat the whole person – both physically and emotionally, and not only a specific symptom. There are also different brands available on the market – companies, producing their homeopathic remedies. The ones that I use for my whole family are from Helios Homeopathy – not only great remedies but also a very friendly staff happy to help and advice.